Family-Friendly Policies and Organizational Justice


  • Alicia A. Grandey
  • Bryanne L. Cordeiro

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2002


  • Culture
  • Employee Benefits
  • Family-Friendly
  • Public Policy


  • Business and Management
  • Psychology


“Family-friendly policies” are programs sponsored by the organization designed to help employees balance work and family roles. These include the government-mandated Family and Medical Leave Act requiring businesses with more than 50 employees to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave of absence for family or personal needs, and discretionary policies offered by organizations voluntarily (for more information, please see entry on Family-Friendly Workplace). Though there are many different types of programs, Parker and Allen (2001) propose two broad categories: alternative work arrangements (AWA; flextime, telecommuting, part-time) and dependent care support (DCS; on-site facilities, subsidization, or information about child or eldercare, parental leave). Health or stress management programs are sometimes also included as family-friendly programs (Zedeck & Mosier, 1990).

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